Mangeshi Devasthan, Goa

This follows a longer write-up on the Ramnathi Devasthān.

The Mangeshi Devasthān in Goa is a crown jewel of Konkani Temples. The an-iconic form of Shiva, the linga representing Mangesh, was originally in the ancient temple of Kushastali (Cortalim, Salcete Taluka). When the Portuguese destroyed the original temple in 1561, the linga was relocated across the Zuari River near other konkani temples. The current temple was constructed on land donated by a devotee in the mid- 1800’s and has been renovated several times.

Architecturally, the Mangeshi Devasthān is considered highly distinctive of Goan Konkani Style – a mix of several local influences; the Dravidian Vimān, as well as Islamic lattices are incorporated. The classically Goan Konkani deep stambha, a seven-storeyed octagonal lamp tower, is very distinctive and observed on many paintings, brochures and travel guides on Goa. Also made famous because this is Lata Mangeshkar’s kula-devasthān.

We visit the Mangeshi temple on every visit to Goa. Its only a few kms from the Ramnathi Devasthān and most of the Konkani temples are clustered together. Just a quick darshan and we will not stay long. But the memories stay with us.


Contact details for Mangeshi Devasthān:
Office: 0832.234.3904 (per Pankaj in comments)
For room reservations, please email: shrimangesh11@gmail.com (per Tushar Mane in comments



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References:

  • VN Kudva, History of the Dakshinatya Saraswats, Madras, (1972, 1991).

© 2005 Arun Shanbhag

59 thoughts on “Mangeshi Devasthan, Goa

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  1. Arun,
    Great job on the info. Long time since we connected.

    I just returned from a visit to the temple. The contact details for the Mangeshi Devasthan are:
    Secretary: Mr. Maheshwar (Uday) Nagarsenkar, (+91.982.361.8940 / ofc 0832.234.3904). I found him to be very friendly and the staff helpful.

    Hope this helps everyone.
    -Pankaj

  2. Hi Arun,

    Just saw ur blog.

    The info is really helpful and pics are pleasant.
    Keep up the good work.

    I intend to tie the knot in goa as well.

    Mangeshi temple is indeed the most preferred option. The contact details on their website are not reachable. Please share anyother contact number, if any.

    Am currently in Dubai. My sis is in MA, USA. If you could email your contact on my id ( mailtotejas@gmail.com) she can get in touch with you for a brief chat.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Regards,
    Tejas

    1. Hi Tejas:
      Thank you and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. And Mangeshis would be a beautiful place for a wedding.
      I was in Mumbai and just arrived here in Boston a few hours ago. Let me look up any info that I have and will get back to your sister.

      Arun

  3. Dear Arun.
    Hatsoff to you. Marvellous information and pics about our Konkani Goa Temple.Lords blessings always be showered on you and your family.Expecting such pics and information now and then from you.
    Thanking you once again,
    With regards,
    rajaram

    1. Thank you for your kind words Mr Bhat. Our konkani tradition is so rich and beautiful that I want to share this treasure with all our readers.
      yes, I am preparing such articles about more of our temples, but it take a lot of time to research and prepare.

      Namaskars
      Arun

  4. Hello Arun,

    Thanks for all this information which you have provided. I shared this link with my colleagues here in Pune. They were very much impressed:)

    I am originally from Goa, and my wish is to marry in a Goan temple (I mean in a hall besides a temple:) ). Is it possible for you to give me some information(website or something else) about the contact details of all the devasthans (especially Mangeshi, Shantadurga, Mahalaxmi. I searched the web, and could find details of Mahalsa and Ramnathi only)

    Thanks in advance

    Regards,
    Paresh

    1. Hi Paresh:
      Thank you for sharing this info with your friends and colleagues; glad to hear that this was of interest.

      And Congratulations on your plans to get married in a Goan temple.

      On my Ramnathi temple post, I have all the contact info there;

      You can check contact details from the Mangeshi site here:
      http://www.shrimangesh.org/

      I know I have details about the Mahalakshmi Temple, will find and upload it over the weekend.

      If you are serious about getting married in a Goa temple, I would recommend that you make a trip there first. Visit all the temples, see their halls and room facilities and then make a decision. Since all the temples are very close to each other, this should only take a couple of days.

      There, meet with the folks in the office and they will give you details of what all is required. Usually the fees are a pittance. But you will need to book many rooms next to the Hall. These are usually Rs 100 a night for spartan accommodations. And the priests usually arrange for delicious meals. We arrange many of our family functions at the Ramnathi.

      Please note that for any event, Kulavis get preference and the desirable dates get filled about 3-6 months in advance. So please check well in advance.

      And, let me tell you ~ a Goa temple ceremony is a fantastic way to embark on a journey of a lifetime!

      Best Wishes,
      Arun

      PS, I will be going to Mumbai and Goa next month, if you want to chat.

  5. Hi!
    The information you provided along with the beautiful photos is helpful. I thank you for the same. I would like to know as a Telugu Brahmin, if the Goans – I mean Konkanis have the ancient tradition of either lunar or solar or even stellar almanacs. If so what is Shankarachaarya Maanabda – I mean this year in Shankaracharya Era. For example in our Telugu lunar almanac(one published by Relangi-Thangirala from Relangi in Esat Godavari District Andhra Pradesh) year 2009 in Christian Era corresponds to 2081 in Shankaraachaarya Era. That means according to their almanac it is 2081 years since Adi Shankarachaarya was borne.
    This is just for my academic interest only.
    I appreciate if you can enquire with your elders and also with Konkani Siddhaanthis and obtain any useful details in this light.
    thanks again,
    Pandu RV Kuchibhotla

    1. Thank you for your comment; I will get more details about the information you asked and reply. In the meantime, did you mean the “Shalivahan Shaka” and not the Shankarachaarya Maanabda? Because Shankaracharya was born in 835 of our current era.

      Arun

  6. Hi Arun,

    Your pictures are amazing!!

    I was wondering if you have some advice on having a hindu wedding ceremony at the Mangeshi Temple. My fiance and I are based in the US right now but are planning on getting married in Goa at this temple as it is my fiance’s family temple. So if you have any thoughts you could share with us on this that would be great or any alternative places you can think of in Goa that would be awesome too!

    Thanks!
    Anu

    1. Hi Anu:
      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the marriage ceremony in the Mangeshi temple. They do have a wedding hall and rooms for guests. Though they are not air-conditioned and do not have all the amenities of a Mumbai or Bangalore hall.

      Just contact their offices and talk to them directly. I noticed on their site, they have a APPEAL for something. On that appeal, there are the phone numbers of the Temple management. Just contact them and see what they say. They should be able to arrange the meals as well.

      BTW, this is still rural india and I hope you realize the differences.

      I know our Ramnathi Devasthan also arranges wedding and has rooms. Contact them too if you choose.

      One suggestion would be to have your wedding wherever else, and after the wedding come and stay at Mangeshi, perform a SatyaNarayana Puja and they also have a service for newly married couples called the “HorBhaeth” (sp ??). We did that too.

      if you are interested, we can talk on the phone – I’m in boston. send me mail at arunshanbhag at gmail

  7. Hi Jay:
    Yes, it was an amazing coincidence that I had visited Narayani Devasthan at the same time. I actually visit Narayani devasthan along with our kuludevata devasthan (along with a few other temples) on every visit to Goa. But interestingly on this visit, I had a long chat there with several folks, did a seva there and brought back books to write about the temple!

    I did not know about the various Kulavis of this temple. Thanks!

    Yes, I have visited the SV temple, Pittsburgh, as well as the New Vrindavan Temple in Moundsville. It is a beautiful temple. I am something of a temple-lover; perhaps equivalent of a foodie; so I try and visit any and every temple that I can. Unfortunately I can only write about very few temples. Perhaps in the future I can write more shorter descriptions about temples.

    BTW, have you read some of my posts on the temples aroun chennai? There are a lot more temples to write about! :-))

    Again, thank you for your interest and sharing the tidbits here. also, where are you based.

    Best Wishes to all that you do.

  8. Uncanny that you should be checking out the temple around the same time.
    You have a wonderful blog! I might be prejudiced because you cover my two major interests
    1) religion (spirituality) and
    2) prasadam (food)

    Mahalasa Narayani is apparently the kuladevata of the renowned Hindustani vocalist of yesteryears Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale. If my memory serves me right I got this info from
    P.L. Deshpande’s (Pu La to a vast group of people) book Guna Gayeen Awadi.

    I read somewhere on your blog that you have visited the SV Temple at Pittsburgh. ( You lived there for a few years I think)
    Well, roughly 85 miles away is a large, beautiful temple in a rural mountainous milieu. The New Vrindavan Temple at Moundsville. There is also Prabhupada’s palace of Gold in the same complex. Wonder if you have had the opportunity to visit.

  9. Jay –
    Thanks for the tip; actually when you placed your comment, i was actually visiting some temples in Goa and visited the Mahalasa Narayani Devasthan. I had a long chat there with several of the volunteers there; Yes, I will write about that temple next!

    And oh! a beautiful temple indeed!

  10. Pradeep:
    Thank you for your kind words of support!

    Even though I grew up in Mumbai, I spent all my summers in the konkan region with grandparents and relatives, and loved it. I make it a point to visit there on every visit to India! And beautiful land and beautiful people!

    And our heritage is so rich and we have survived so much, I feel it important to share that with you all.

    Thanks for visiting and for sharing your thoughts
    Arun

  11. You are amazing!!!! TOTALLY!! 😀
    I’m so glad u put these up… I’m very impressed by the unique perspective you have and your way of seeng ‘konkani’ things.

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